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January 13, 2014 7:45:58 AM

Hello,

Recently I've started to get annoyed at the low performance I've been getting playing some game. After doing some research on my computer I realized it was my integrated graphics card causing this. As I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to the internals of a pc I was wondering if my motherboard(Foxconn 2A92) is able to have it's graphics card upgraded by either somehow getting rid of the integrated one or if there is a separate slot I can put in a new one and make it my primary graphics card.

Thanks in advance.
a c 235 U Graphics card
January 13, 2014 7:54:12 AM

well what's the power supply? and budget? A good start is that you have a PCI-E x16 slots so a card that you'll get will be running to it's maximum performance.
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January 13, 2014 7:59:05 AM

I have a 250w power supply. I was thinking around $500. I don't need anything top of the line just something that will run most games decently.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
January 13, 2014 8:06:39 AM

250 watts won't get you a very good card at all, You'll at least need a 600 watt PSU to get a very good. I would go for a 600 watt PSU and a R9 280x, That'll cost around $500 and will max out all your games.

*Pretty large budget here, This graphics card is very powerful and draws 250 watts itself (your old PSU amount)
PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 235 U Graphics card
January 13, 2014 8:11:42 AM

Your CPU might bottleneck that GPU, is it a Phenom XII Quad core?
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January 13, 2014 8:16:28 AM

Thank you for that suggestion. It looks like I'll have to upgrade my power supply also then but if they can both be done for $500 then it's not a problem :) 

The CPU is amd athlon ii x4 630. Would this cause any problems?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
January 13, 2014 8:19:00 AM

That should be fine for the meantime and you just turned your rig into a monster! You'll be able to max out everything! The card is running at 288GB/s (insanely fast) and has 3GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit memory bus. Both parts is under $500 so it fits in budget and are monstrous upgrades. Enjoy your new rig!
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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2014 8:19:10 AM

if you are willing to drop 500 you should be willing to build a new rig, put in like 100 more bucks and you have something decent
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January 13, 2014 8:20:56 AM

Thank you very much for your help.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
January 13, 2014 8:24:18 AM

Beezy said:
if you are willing to drop 500 you should be willing to build a new rig, put in like 100 more bucks and you have something decent


Not as decent as a R9 280x, But he can always do up this rig from scratch later on, he already has two prime components so getting the other stuff later should be better and he already has the graphics power now. His other components will do fine for the meantime, there is always time to upgrade eventually.
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January 13, 2014 10:00:32 AM

Sorry to bother you guys again but I actually forgot to ask something earlier. Would the card suggested(Radeon R9 280X) actually fit on this motherboard especially since I think my case might be small looking at the size of the card.
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January 13, 2014 10:11:56 AM

billybobsingh said:
Sorry to bother you guys again but I actually forgot to ask something earlier. Would the card suggested(Radeon R9 280X) actually fit on this motherboard especially since I think my case might be small looking at the size of the card.


as long as the motherboard mentions 1 PCIe slot at x16 it will fit the motherboard, will it fit the case is another question. you have to check your cases specs to see max supported GPU length and possibly height but height usually isnt the problem its length. Youll have to look up the length of the specific model 280x in question and match it to the cases specs
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a c 235 U Graphics card
January 14, 2014 1:12:13 AM

Motherboard it'll fit on that and has 1 PCI0E x16 slot for maximum performance. but what is the case you currently have so I can check dimensions?
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